With large amounts of land rezoned for high- and medium-density residential development on the waterfront and around the BQE, Northside Williamsburg is where most of the action is. But the neighborhood’s Southside also has a beautiful existing building stock that’s actually far more attractive than the vinyl-strewn Northside, and with a number of underbuilt lots, the area is finally getting its due.
One of the more exciting projects coming to Southside Williamsburg is 282 South 5th Street, wedged between the BQE and the ramp from the Williamsburg Bridge to the elevated highway. Just a block from the Marcy Avenue J/M/Z stop, the site has a lot of potential, and Midwood Investment & Development is in the midst of fulfilling it.
The firm (founded in 1925 in – surprise! – Midwood, in Brooklyn) hired hometown favorite Morris Adjmi, who designed a handsome gridded tower atop a retail podium for the site (though Goldstein, Hill & West is the architect of record).
282 South 5th Street will feature 67,561 square feet of residential space spread over 82 apartments, plus 31,458 square feet of commercial space and a 6,887-square foot community facility. It’ll also contain a whopping 153 parking spots – a bizarrely high number in any case, but especially given that 282 South 5th will apparently be a rental.
YIMBY stopped by the site recently to check out the foundation work. A digger was hard at work hauling dirt, with construction materials piled up on the other side. Once the project goes vertical, it will continue until it hits 13 stories, or 149 feet.
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